It Happened Again:
Bellevue Mosque Goes Up In Flames
First fire was in January 2017
March 22, 2018
By Rex D. Cain
Fire being fought Tuesday March 21st at the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue. Photo: Bellevue Fire Department. Larger images below.
CLICK TO ENLARGE. LARGER IMAGES of fire being fought Tuesday March 21st at the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue. Photo: Bellevue Fire Department.
Update 3/22 @ 2:10 pm: On Thursday March 22 Bellevue Police, in a news release said the agency was "asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation. Anyone with video of the fire scene is requested to send that information to the Bellevue Police Department at PDTipline@bellevuewa.gov."
Anyone with general information about the cause of the fire is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or make an online tip by going to www.crimestoppers.com.
Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Police say at the time of the fire the building was "vacant and without power or natural gas," which would appear to rule out an accidental fire caused by faulty wiring or a natural gas leak.
Bellevue Police investigators, assisted by investigators with the Bellevue Fire Department, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working collaboratively to determine the cause and origin of the fire, according to the news release.
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(BELLEVUE, WA.) –- The first fire that gutted The Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue was 14 months ago on January 14, 2017.
And Wednesday afternoon, flames came once again for that house of worship.
Eight o'clock Wednesday night there was this word from the Bellevue Fire Department: “The fire is currently under investigation by the Bellevue Fire and Police departments. Investigators will likely be working into the night.”
The Wednesday afternoon fire broke out at the the Islamic Center of the Eastside at 14700 Main Street around 4:30 pm. By 5:00 pm firefighters had it under control. Fire officials at that time said the building was vacant and the cause had “yet to be determined.”
Early last evening this post on the Center's website: “No one got hurt and situation in control now. Currently we are working with the police and officials to get more details.”
In the first fire, back in January of last year that destroyed roughly half of the building, police arrested a 37-year old homeless man.
In September of 2017 that man, Isaac Wayne Wilson pleaded guilty on a plea deal to a lowered charge of reckless burning and an unrelated malicious mischief charge. He had originally been charged with second-degree arson.
Wilson, according to court documents has a lengthy criminal record with most of them misdemeanors. Wilson's probation officer told the court last year that Wilson suffers from serious mental health issues.
The Islamic Center of Eastside (ICOE), also known as the Bellevue Masjid is the first permanent mosque to have been established on the eastside of Lake Washington. It's been serving the community since 1993 with daily and weekly prayer sessions and a variety of educational and other programs to benefit all ages in the community.
The Center also performs outreach activities to non-Muslims by holding Open Houses and welcoming visitors to the Mosque.